Opportunities for Schools
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Inspiring Young Engineers
The WMG Outreach team is supported by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult "Inspiring Young Engineers" project. We aim to work with local schools and the community to build trust and share knowledge between the university and the public.
Our work prioritises widening participation in STEM subjects and in Higher Education. Warwick's widening participation agenda targets local state school educated students, students who would be the first in their family to attend university, students from low socio-economic backgrounds and students who come from neighbourhoods where there is low progression to higher education.
We may not be able to support every event request that comes our way and in those cases we will prioritise schools that are:
- Local to Coventry and Warwickshire
- Have a high proportion of students who meet the targets set out in the Warwick Access and Participation Plan
Activities teachers can run themselves
We have video resources and accompanying activities available through our website. These might be useful where our team cannot visit your school to support in person. You can see our lesson plans here, our recorded short lectures from WMG Talks here, and the rest of our online resources here.
These activities are offered to schools without charge subject to staff availability. Follow the links below to get more information about each activity; there is a link on the activity page where you can register your interest. For general enquiries about WMG schools outreach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A pathway from primary student to engineer
We have suggested year groups for each of the activities listed below. We believe that these activities, together, form a pathway to help students progress from raising awareness of engineering through to developing the skills needed to succeed in STEM careers. There is leeway on the exact year group we can deliver to, get in touch.
Recommended year group
|Seeing Science, Enjoying Engineering||A science show with audience participation showing tricks and experiments that can be done with science and engineering.||4||Interactive talk||30-100|
|What is Engineering?
||An overview talk on what engineering actually is, where you might find it, and what it means to your local community.||5||Class or whole-year talk||30-100|
|Creative programming and control: embroidery machines
||Create beautiful patterns from code. Learn about software and how it can control a digital embroidery machine to stitch students' patterns right in front of them.||6||Class workshop||30|
|Illuminating engineering||Control lights on a programmable board to understand how code and computers interact. Explore what this simple introduction to software and control could mean for careers in engineering.||7||Class workshop||30|
|Light Towers||Learn how teams of engineers have to work together to create a product. This is a simple construction task with a twist that focuses on teamwork and the engineering process.||8||Class or whole-year workshop||30-100|
|Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger||A talk on materials science linked to the curriculum and engineering research applications in our department (WMG at the University of Warwick).||9||Class talk||30|
|Smart Cities: Programmable Technology||Use programmable boards (microbit) to control vehicles, traffic lights, and plenty of other things to make a smart city that shares data and interacts with your classmates' creations.||10||Class workshop||30|
|How can I become an Engineer? Engineering at University||A talk about careers, university options and courses related to Engineering. This could be adapted to any year group.||11||Class or whole-year talk||30-100|
|Online teacher CPD: using Turtlestitch to teach key stage 2 computing and maths||An online webinar with our outreach team exploring the Turtlestitch platform and how it can be used in the classroom to teach functional maths and computing.||Teachers||Webinar||-|
|Online teacher CPD: using TinkerCAD to teach KS2 and KS3 Design and TechnologyLink opens in a new window||An online webinar with our outreach team exploring the TinkerCAD platform and how it can be used to teach computer-aided design.||Teachers||Webinar||-|
Where opportunities arise on an ad hoc basis such as attending a student conference at Warwick, or our projects that recruit students directly, we will advertise them here.
|Royal Institution Engineering Masterclasses||Year 9 students from widening participation backgrounds. Local schools will be contacted to nominate students for these workshops.||Applications are now closed|